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SEC Chair Reiterates Support for Bitcoin Futures ETFs, But Concerned About Investors’ Protection

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While the SEC boss still fully supports Bitcoin ETFs, he believes that many people are going to get hurt if regulations are not put in place to protect investors. 

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman, Gary Gensler, has once again renewed his support for the approval of Bitcoin Exchange-traded Funds (ETFs) in the country.

Gensler told the Financial Times’ Future of Asset Management North America conference that his main focus is on Bitcoin ETFs that invest in futures contracts and trade on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange under the 1940 Investment Company Act.

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He disclosed that the Investment Act of 1940 offers significant protection for investors of mutual funds and ETFs, adding that those venturing into Bitcoin ETFs also deserve similar protection, especially against fraud and market manipulation.

Bitcoin ETF Approval Around the Corner

The SEC rejected numerous submitted Bitcoin ETF applications during the administration of Jay Clayton, but recent comments from Gensler gave applicants the notion that the regulator will soon approve such a product.

However, since Gensler disclosed that his administration would be open to seeing the first Bitcoin ETF go live in the U.S., none has yet been greenlighted by the commission.

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While trying to keep applicants’ hopes alive, Gensler stated that he is looking forward to the agency’s “review of such [Bitcoin ETF] fillings,” which may likely be focused on applications that put the 1940 Investment Company’s Act into consideration.

The Long Wait for a Bitcoin ETF

Following the launch of Bitcoin ETFs in Canada and Brazil, the crypto space has been eager to see a similar product go live in the United States.

Although the SEC has received several applications in the past, including from VanEck, the agency has been reluctant to approve one due to concerns of potential market manipulation and fraud.

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With Gensler’s appointment as SEC chair in April, many have hoped that there will be approval of a Bitcoin ETF in the United States.

Investors’ Protection is Paramount

While Gensler has always been open to Bitcoin ETFs, his main concern is on investors’ protection given the sad tales that have flooded the crypto market, which he believes can be avoided via the Investment Company Act of 1940.

“This crypto space is now certainly of a size that without those investor protections of banking, insurance[and] securities laws [and] market oversight, I do think somebody is going to get hurt. A lot of people are likely to get hurt,” he said.

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Solana set to be the ‘Bitcoin Killer’?

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A blockchain with the ability to perform thousands of transactions per second must be the next Bitcoin. Sam Bankman-Fried believes SOL has the potential to become the next Bitcoin since the Solana blockchain can execute 50,000 transactions per second. 

Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), in a recent interview with Kitco, praised Solana for its potential to expand to millions of transactions per second. According to the FTX CEO, this makes Solana a critical component of cryptocurrency acceptance and the next Bitcoin.

The scalability of Solana could aid its evolution into a new Ethereum or Bitcoin. 

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“I am optimistic about Solana. She has every chance of doing this, which is very interesting, I think.’

Analyst bullish on SOL

Influential investors are positive on Solana, which is helping altcoin gain traction. 

With a growth in institutional acceptance, venturefounder, a cryptocurrency analyst, feels that Solana could end up competing with Ethereum. 

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“More Crypto Online” cryptocurrency analysts are positive on Solana. As the cryptocurrency price trend reverses, analysts forecast a price rise to a new all-time high of $305. 

During the crypto massacre on Black Friday, the price of Solana fell below $200. The price of the altcoin has recovered and is now trading near $200 at the time of writing. Over the last two months, there has been a surge in institutional intake and capital rotation into Solana.

At the time of writing, SOL is trading at $196.63, up 0.6% in the last 24 hours.the resistance on the upside is at $199.94. However in case of a decline, the support on the downside is at $190.68.  

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El Salvador’s President Has A few Words For Bank Of England’s Chief

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El Salvador’s President has a few words for Bank of England’s chief who recently expressed worries about the country’s Bitcoin adoption.

Check out his relevant tweet below.

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A commenter said: “Before bitcoin nobody around the world cared about El Salvador now there are competing interests either supporting or attacking El Salvador. El Salvador is now relevant.”

Someone else posted this: “Exactly what i been saying! My family is from el salvador, and my whole life not a single soul i ever met here in the U.S even knew about the country, and if they did, they only heard of it because of gang affiliation… nothing else. Bukele is making waves!!!”

On the other hand, a follower said: “The Bank of England’s Point of Concern: “….It concerns me that a country would choose it as its national currency. What would worry me most of all is, do the citizens of El Salvador understand the nature and volatility of the currency they have.” Seems a legitimate worry.”

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Bitcoin adoption concerning?

CryptoSlate notes the fact that Bailey said the move to adopt Bitcoin within a dual currency system was concerning, while also adding that volatility would impact most detrimentally.

This isn’t the first time that Bailey warned of the “dangers” of crypto.

Back in May, Bailey said cryptos have no intrinsic value and that investors should be prepared to lose all their money.

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At the moment of writing this article, BTC is trading in the red and the king coin is priced at $54,667.

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Bitcoin skeptic Saule Omarova to be rejected as Biden’s nominee for OCC in win for crypto

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  • Saule Omarova was nominated to head OCC and it looked bleak for the future of cryptocurrencies as she is an outspoken critic of Bitcoin.
  • New reports reveal that some Democratic senators in U.S Congress will reject her, and with all Republicans united against her, she will most likely not assume office.

Saule Omarova, a Bitcoin critic who was nominated for one of the most important financial regulatory jobs in the U.S, is looking unlikely to go through Senate confirmation. According to new reports, some Democratic Senators have rejected the Biden pick, particularly opposing her hardline stance against big banks. With Republican Senators all against her, she looks unlikely to be the next Comptroller of the Currency.

Omarova was nominated by the White House in September to take over from the Acting OCC, Michael Hsu. As CNF reported at the time, the cryptocurrency community joined the banking fraternity to ask questions of what would be of her reign. Omarova is an outspoken critic of the big banks, having consistently criticized government bailouts. She has also suggested that the Federal Reserve should be allowed to serve Americans, effectively wiping out the commercial banks.

For cryptocurrencies, the future looked just as bleak. She has previously stated that she believes they “benefit mainly the dysfunctional financial system we already have.”

In her Senate grilling two weeks ago, she held on to her anti-Bitcoin views. Responding to crypto-friendly Senator Cynthia Lummis‘ question on whether Bitcoin threatens national security, she stated:

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I’m not an expert on Bitcoin but I’d worry if all our financial transactions were up to some blockchain system where various actors who might actually be located in other countries, not particularly friendly to us, control the functioning of the system.

Omarova to be rejected

According to reports in Washington, Omarova is set to be rejected in Senate. Already, virtually all Republican senators have said they will reject her. Many of them have even attacked her on personal terms, as well as her ‘socialist-leaning’ beliefs.

Axios reports that five Democratic Senators have joined the anti-Omarova bandwagon as well. The five told Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, who heads the Senate Banking Committee of their dissent. If they vote against her, the Kazakhstan-born academic will stand virtually no chance as the house is almost divided in half between Republicans and Democrats.

However, despite the opposition, the White House continues to back her publicly. A White House official told Axios:

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The White House continues to strongly support her historic nomination. Saule Omarova is eminently qualified for this position. She has been treated unfairly since her nomination with unacceptable red-baiting from Republicans like it’s the McCarthy era.

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